Showing posts with label Books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Books. Show all posts

Thursday, June 23, 2011

My Summer Reading Picks

Nothing says summer like hitting the beach and curling up with a good read. I've always been a fan of self-help books and biographies and the following books don't disappoint. Whether you download them on your e-Reader, iPad or simply find joy in turning actual paper pages, there are countless books to keep you occupied this summer!

Check out my picks:

"A Belle in Brooklyn," by Demetria Lucas

Oprah's Farewell Celebration: Inside 25 Extraordinary Years of the "The Oprah Winfrey Show" bookazine.

"Black Woman Redefined," by Sophia Nelson

"Starting Over," by LaToya Jackson

What's on your reading list for the summer? One lucky reader will win a copy of "A Belle in Brooklyn," by Demetria Lucas. Simply leave a comment telling me your favorite book genre (non-fiction, fiction, short stories, cookbooks, etc.) and a winner will be randomly selected and announced next week. **UPDATE** This contest has been extended until July 8th, so please submit your comments!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Everyday ICON Michelle Obama Book Giveaway!

If you admire Michelle Obama's style and are a fashion enthusiast, then author/journalist Kate Betts' new book, "Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style," is a must-read.

Packed with over 200 bold, captivating photos of our favorite First Lady, sketches, and historical images, Betts takes readers on a smart, fun, and fashionable ride highlighting Obama's stunning style choices and how her image is helping shape the working mothers of America's closets.

Available at bookstores nationwide for $35.

Are you a fan of Mrs. Obama's style? One lucky reader will win a copy of this book. Simply leave a comment and a winner will be randomly selected and announced later this week.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Poetry for the Soul

I come from a family of poets, however, the poetic "gene" skipped me. Luckily, I can enjoy some of the greatest poems with Sourcebook's new title, "The 100 Best African-American Poems," selected by renowned poet Nikki Giovanni.

A collection of African-American works from classic poets like Richard Wright to contemporary artists like hip-hop legend Tupac Shukar - this book is bound to take you on a phenomenal poetic journey. Plus, it includes an audio CD featuring poems read by the poets themselves such as the glorious Gwendolyn Brooks, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and more! If you're a poetry fan or know someone who is, this book is a definite must-have.

Available at bookstores nationwide for $22.99 next month.

Are you a fan of poetry? Are you a poet yourself? Tell me and one lucky reader will win this book. Simply leave a comment and a winner will be randomly selected and announced next week.

**Btw, the winner of the Fresh Plum Lip Tint is Catherine A. Congratulations and please send me your mailing address.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

'Look Book' Giveaway

Nina Garcia has always been my favorite judge on the hit reality TV show, Project Runway. Her effortless style, grace, and unabashed truthfulness towards the show's contestants have kept me glued to the tube for 8 seasons.

Now the New York Time's best-selling author and Colombian-bred style guru is back with her fourth guide, 'Nina Garcia's Look Book: What to Wear for Every Occasion.'

Packed with popular questions that many women have when it comes to fashion, Garcia gives it to you straight. From what to wear to an interview to the dreaded funeral, 'Look Book,' delivers advice in an easy-to-follow girlfriend style. Not only is the book filled with fashion wisdom, but super chic sketches by Ruben Toledo prettify each page.

Available at bookstores nationwide.

What are some of your favorite books on fashion? Would you like to read this book? If so, leave a comment and a winner will be randomly selected and announced later this week.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

"Un-Nappily in Love" Book Winners Announced!

Remember a few weeks ago when I said there would be a giveaway of Trisha R. Thomas' new book, "Un-Nappily In Love?" well that time has come! The two lucky winners are Miss Mika and B! Please email me your mailing addresses.

"Un-Nappily in Love," by Trisha R. Thomas available at for

If you missed my Q&A with the author. You can check it out here!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Queen Knows Best!

Queen Latifah is one of our country's most talented entertainers. The Queen first hit the scene as a rapper, but has now blossomed into an outstanding Oscar-nominated actress, singer, producer, Covergirl and now author. Her new project, "Put on Your Crown: Life-Changing Moments on the Path to Queendom," is an inspiring and empowering book for women.

Latifah shares her own life experiences to help encourage women to be confident, strong and independent. From the importance of giving back to loving the skin you're in, Latifah tackles many issues that can improve a woman's self-esteem and self-worth. "Put on Your Crown," is a must-have book for every woman looking for an uplifting read.

Available in bookstores nationwide starting May 6th.

Are you a fan of Queen Latifah? One lucky reader will win a copy of "Put on Your Crown." Simply leave a comment and a winner be announced later this week.

**The winner of the IMAN foundation is Nicole Rogers. Congratulations!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Long Live the King!

For those of you who didn't see Michael Jackson's This Is It while it was in theaters, now you can watch the King of Pop in action in the comfort of your home on DVD and Blu-Ray. The critically-acclaimed compilation of interviews, backstage and concert footage of the late musical legend is available in stores today!

For fellow Michael Jackson fans, I came across an awesome coffee table book entitled, "Michael Jackson: Before He Was King," by African-American photographer Todd Gray. The book is filled with rare, never-before seen photographs of Jackson taken by his personal photographer (Gray) chronicling his rapid rise to solo superstardom during the late 1970s and early 1980s. This book is the perfect collector's item for the true MJ fan.

Michael Jackson: Before He Was King available at for $29.95

Did you see the movie? Would you buy the DVD?

One lucky winner will win the book. Just leave a comment and a winner will be selected randomly and announced later this week.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A Champ's Story: Serena Williams' "On the Line"

Serena Williams is one of the greatest athletes of our time. Her athletic ability in tennis is unmatched and her life story is even more compelling. Her new memoir with Daniel Paisner, "On The Line," is a story of triumph, love and even family tragedy.

The tennis pro gives you a glimpse into her life growing up in a rough Los Angeles neighborhood, playing in a sport that was male-dominated where fellow brown girls were virtually non-existent, and eventually skyrocketing to fame and fortune.

"On the Line" by Serena Williams with Daniel Paisner available at for $17.54

If you love a great autobiography, this well-written book is a definite must-read. Five lucky readers will have a chance - just leave a comment and the winners will be selected randomly and announced on Monday, September 14th. Good luck!

Are you a tennis fan? Have you been watching the U.S. Open?

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Summer Reading Round-Up!

The summer is a time for relaxing and what better to relax than to curl up on the couch or in the grass with a page-turning book! I've always been a fan of self-help books, biographies and autobiographies. One of the very first (non-children's) books I remember reading as a child was LaToya Jackson's autobiographical expose of her famous family. I don't know if it's the journalist in me who is intrigued by other people's lives or what, but nothing holds my attention like a great biography/autobiography!

What are your favorite book genres? Are you a mystery, romance or thriller fan? Do you have any summer read suggestions?

Here are a few of the books I plan on reading this summer:

Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne by James Gavine available here.

The Supremes: A Saga of Motown Dreams, Success, and Betrayal by Mark Ribowsky available here.

Confessions of a Beauty Addict by Nadine Haobsh available here.

More Than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City by William Julius available here.

The Black Girl Next Door a Memoir by Jennifer Baszile available here.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Are You...Ms. Typed? BGG Chats w/Dr. Michelle!

If you watch The Tyra Banks Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, or Today, chances are you've seen Dr. Michelle Callahan lend her expertise on relationships, mental health, dating, etc. The incredibly down-to-earth psychologist and dating coach has recently penned her first book, "Ms. Typed: Discover Your True Dating Personality and Rewrite Your Romantic Future," which provides a hilarious take on the different dating personalities we all have.

From the "Ms. Sex Machine" to the "Ms. Independent" woman, Dr. Michelle gives savvy advice on how to stop sabotaging our relationships and find the mates of our dreams.

Check out our Q&A:
BGG: What made you decide to write “Ms. Typed?”
Dr. Michelle: I talk to a lot of women who are frustrated with their love lives and they want advice on how to change their partners, instead of realizing that the best way to change their romantic future is to change themselves. You can’t control what a man does, but you can control what you do. When you become a happier and healthier person, you attract a happier and healthier partner and relationship. I decide to write Ms. Typed to show women how they get in their own way during their dating relationships and how they sabotage their chances of finding love.

BGG: What do you feel is the biggest mistake women make while dating?
Dr. Michelle: I think one of the biggest mistakes women make while dating is pretending to be someone who they are not and compromising their own integrity and values. That’s exactly what being Ms. Typed is about. It’s about losing yourself in a relationship only to discover that pretending to be someone you aren’t and giving a man any and everything he wants doesn’t work. You can’t beg, borrow or steal to make love work. When you are your true self and let men know who you are, and what you believe in, the men have the choice to stay or move on. You really only want to deal with the ones who are interested in the real you, not the super sexy, fun, casual, no cares, “I’ll do anything for you” type of person many women pretend to be in order to keep a man interested.

BGG: Once a woman realizes that she is “Ms. Typed,” what’s the easiest way for her to break that cycle?
Dr. Michelle: Once a woman takes the quiz and determines that she has been Ms. Typed, she should read the chapter about her dating type and follow the specific advice for her type. Also, women are often more than one type, so she should read the chapters about her other types. If she discovers that the advice is helpful, but that she really needs to change her thinking and a whole lot more, she can use the Ms. Typed Makeover Kit to help her transform her entire life to find her true dating personality and create a healthy foundation for future dating relationships. The Ms. Typed Makeover Kit will walk women through creating a vision for their lives, letting go of what is holding them back, and taking action on all of their dreams and plans.

BGG: Do you think that men are drawn to certain, “Ms. Types?”
Dr. Michelle: Men are attracted to the types that are the nicest and most accommodating to men’s needs like Ms. Second Place, Ms. Mom, Ms. Rose Colored Glasses and Ms. Sex Machine. All of these types place being in a relationship at the top of their list and they usually work very hard to maintain their relationships, even when it works against their own best interest.

BGG: Healthy relationships take work and we know that communication is key, how can women effectively communicate with their mates?
Dr. Michelle: Women should be honest about their feelings, but be careful not to overwhelm their partners by telling too much too soon. When you first start dating someone, you don’t have to tell them all of your dirty laundry, how many sexual partners you’ve ever had, or everything that was wrong with your Ex. When you are in a more serious relationship, try to keep the conversation focused on what you need your partner to do differently, instead of just generally complaining. You shouldn’t have to go on and on to make your point. If you are constantly telling your partner what you need and he isn’t listening or adjusting his behavior, you might be with the wrong person. Be honest and specific, and when things start to get heated, take a break and revisit the topic later. Don’t push things over the line by insisting that you keep talking even when one or both of you is getting really upset.

BGG: What advice do you have for women who believe that they’ll never find a “good man?”
Dr. Michelle: Women may need to redefine what they consider to be a “good” man. Sometimes what we WANT and what we NEED isn’t the same thing. Women often overlook a “good” man who has what they need, but not what they want. Make a list of your relationship wants and needs and see what a difference there is between what is nice to have versus what is absolutely necessary. Also, when women are Ms. Typed, they could meet a “good” man and they would let their “issues” get in the way. Ms. Typed often misses out on Mr. Right because she isn’t ready to be in a relationship. You may know a good man, but your own relationship baggage might be getting in the way of the two of you successfully getting together.

Available at bookstores nationwide for $21.95

How would you describe your dating personality or do you know someone who has a personality dating pattern?

One lucky winner will win a copy of the book! Just leave a comment and a winner will be selected randomly and announced tomorrow.

**Update: The winner of the book is Loc'd & Loaded! Please send me your mailing address info! Congrats!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

First Lady of Fashion!

When it comes to our First Lady's priorities, fashion is probably not at the top of her list. Although for us fashionistas and women who admire style and grace, Mrs. Michelle Obama is definitely at the top of ours. The regal beauty's fashion sense is being praised in the new book, "Michelle Style: Celebrating the First Lady of Fashion," by Mandi Norwood.

Chock full of photographs and impeccable illustrations, the book includes quotes from famous designers and industry insiders who admire our newest White House style icon. "Michelle Style," is a cute book that also provides tips on the best sites to surf for bargain buys, as well as tips on how to dress for your body type.

Are you a fan of our First Lady's style?

"Michelle Style: Celebrating the First Lady of Fashion" available at for $19.99

**One lucky reader will win a copy of the book. Just leave a comment and a winner will be selected randomly and announced tomorrow!

**The winners of the scalp oil are Antithesis and Jeanie! Congrats! Please email me your mailing address info!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Live Your Best Life!

If the recession and massive lay-offs nationwide have given you a case of the blues, best-selling author and motivational speaker Lisa Nichols' new book, No Matter What!: 9 Steps to Living the Life You Love will surely help lift your spirits. This Oprah-esque, inspirational self-help book encourages readers to fulfill their dreams by outlining the basic steps to making the most out of the life you want in a clear and concise way.

Available in bookstores nationwide and for $24.99

What are your favorite uplifting books? Do you enjoy self-improvement books? If so, several lucky readers will win a copy of this book. Just leave a comment and the winners will be selected and announced tomorrow.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Wanna Be a Makeup Pro?

Although I am a pro at applying most cosmetics, I am not a master at applying eye shadow or foundation. So when I received a copy of renowned makeup maven Bobbi Brown’s new book, “For Everyone from Beginner to Pro: Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual,” I was absolutely thrilled!

The book is packed with tips on everything from how to maintain healthy skin to applying false eyelashes. The best part is that it features a wide range of models with various skin-tones. This is definitely the perfect gift for all of your beloved beauty buffs!

Available in bookstores and at on Dec. 1st for $32.

Plus, BGG is giving away 5 copies! Just leave a comment for the rest of the week and the winners will be selected randomly and announced next Monday, Dec. 1st.

Do you consider yourself a master at applying your own makeup?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Come On Get Happy!

With these grim economic times and an uncertain upcoming election, it’s easy to catch a case of the blues. Maintaining happiness is a state of mind that requires a conscious effort. We all have to decide whether or not we’re going to wallow in self-pity and despair or take action and seek happiness!

Focusing on the things that bring us joy is truly the only solution to combating the blues, but Oprah’s new book, “O's Big Book of Happiness: The Best of O, The Oprah Magazine: Wisdom, Wit, Advice, Interviews, and Inspiration,” just might do the trick too!

Available at for

No matter how down I may be feeling, a bouquet of pink roses is always a surefire pick-me-up! What do you do to lift your spirits when you’re feeling blue? What ultimately makes you happy in life?

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Obama Book Fever!

As you guys know, I'm all about "Barack-ing the Vote," on November 4th. With that said, I pretty much love watching or reading anything pertaining to my favorite presidential candidate and our potential First Lady. Within the last week, I've come across two books that are worth checking out - The American Journey of Barack Obama by LIFE editors and Michelle, by Liza Mundy. I'm an avid reader of biographies/autobiographies and love to collect coffee table books so these new titles were right up my alley!

The American Journey of Barack Obama is a beautiful hard-cover book filled with wonderful essays by notable LIFE magazine editors accompanied by rich, vibrant photographs of the presidential candidate. Retails, $24.99

I haven't read the Michelle Obama biography yet, but I certainly plan to start this weekend. Retails, $25.00

Since many of us BGs love the Obamas, I thought that I'd let you guys know about these books if you didn't know already.

Both books go on sale this month!

As the election date gets closer, do you have Obama fever too? What did you think about the debate last night?

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Great Summer Reads

Summer is the perfect time to catch up on the mountain of books that you've been meaning to read for months. There's nothing like sitting in a park or on your porch (if you live outside of NYC, LOL!) with a good book. Whether it's a biography (my favorite), novel, self-help book or something in between, they all allow us to escape from the stresses of the world and take time for ourselves.

Unfortunately, this year I haven't been reading as much as I usually do, but with a few upcoming out-of-town trips planned, I know that I'll have plenty of time to do just that at my least favorite place - the airport!

What are you reading this summer? What's your favorite book of all time (if you can name just one)?

Here are a few books that are on my MUST READ list for the summer:

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama

Green With Envy: Why Keeping Up with the Joneses is Keeping Us in Debt by Shira Boss

Ghettonation: A Journey into the Land of Bling and the Home of Shameless. She has a follow-up coming out in September, so I want to read this one first!

Cooked: From the Streets to the Stove, from Cocaine to Foie Gras by Jeff Henderson

Lies At the Altar: The Truth About Great Marriages by Dr. Robin Smith